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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors Preview
The Castleford Tigers welcome the Wigan Warriors across the Pennines to the Jungle for what is always an attractive game of rugby.
The Tigers have a strong squad and one that knowns exactly what it’s roll is and whilst they struggle with the depth of the big teams such as Wigan, every team that heads to the Jungle know that they are in for a battle and that they will have to be at their best to have any chance of coming away with the points.
The fans in Castleford are demanding of their players with every man running out in the Orange and Black knowing just what is expected at them so no matter what the current for of the Tiger sis, when they play at home they also step up.
Wigan are a club who have demands not just from their fans but from the owners, from their history and from the culture of the club to win and to win well.
That is something that isn’t possible each week of course but it does mean that there players will also give there and that sets this game up to be a good one and to be one that should be close and in the balance throughout.
Wigan won their opening game of the season in a gruelling match up against Warrington although they did face 12 men for over half of the game.
Castleford also won in round one with a much more comfortable victory over the Toronto Wolfpack.
Castleford are forced into naming a number of youngsters with 5 players missing from their opener.
George Griffin, Adam Milner and Tyla Hepi are all missing under HIA, with Greg Eden and Peter Mata’utia missing through injury and suspension respectively.
Wigan Make just the 2 changes with Jake Shorrocks and Mitch Clark replacing Joe Burgess and Joe Bullock.
No matter if you know it as Wheldon Road or as the Jungle, Castleford’s home ground is up there as one of the most atmospheric grounds in the Super League.
On the face of it, the stadium is dilapidated and with the pitch been amongst the smallest in the league you would perhaps not be expecting much from come game day but when the ground is full, as it more often than not is, it simply comes alive.
The home fans create a great atmosphere and when a big away following is in attendance, as tends to be the case when Wigan are in town, all 4 sides of the stadium create a great atmosphere to give the players no excuse to not give anything but their best.
The ground gives the Tigers a huge advantage for every game that they play as the pitch is far from regulation, so the home players know it much better than the visiting players and with the stands right on top of the players, away team know that they are in for stick from start to finish.
Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
This is one of those games that could easily go either way and one that will likely be in the balance throughout.
Both teams have strong performance but with the Tigers missing a number of key men, it is arguably the case that Wigan are the slight favourites for this one.
The crowd always lifts Cas and that should help in the early going but in the end the extra quality for the Warriors should come to the fore.
Score Prediction Wigan Warriors by 6